Temporary Work: The Gendered Rise of a Precarious Employment Relationship

By Leah Faith Vosko

© 2000

The first in-depth analysis of temporary work in Canada, Leah F. Vosko's important new book examines a number of important trends, including the commodification of labour power; the decline of the full-time, full-year job as a norm; and the gendered character of prevailing employment relationships. Spanning the period from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century, Temporary Work traces the evolution of the temporary employment relationship in Canada and places it in an international context. It explores how, and to what extent, 'temporary work' is becoming a norm for a diverse group of workers in the labour market, taking gender as a central lens of analysis.

Recent scholarship emphasizes that the nature of work is changing, citing the spread of non-standard forms of employment and the rise in women's participation in the labour force. Vosko confirms that important changes are indeed taking place in the labour market, but argues that these changes are best understood in historical, economic and political contexts. This book will be invaluable to academics in a variety of disciplines as well as to policy analysts and practitioners.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.0in
Product Formats

SaveUP TO 9239

Book Formats

SKU# SP001241

  • PUBLISHED SEP 2000

    From: $35.21

    Regular Price: $46.95

    ISBN 9780802083340
  • PUBLISHED SEP 2000

    From: $70.50

    Regular Price: $94.00

    ISBN 9780802047922
  • PUBLISHED AUG 2000

    From: $81.00

    Regular Price: $108.00

Quick Overview

Taking gender as a central lens of analysis, this important new book explores how, and to what extent, ‘temporary work’ is becoming a norm for a diverse group of workers in the labour market.

Temporary Work: The Gendered Rise of a Precarious Employment Relationship

By Leah Faith Vosko

© 2000

The first in-depth analysis of temporary work in Canada, Leah F. Vosko's important new book examines a number of important trends, including the commodification of labour power; the decline of the full-time, full-year job as a norm; and the gendered character of prevailing employment relationships. Spanning the period from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century, Temporary Work traces the evolution of the temporary employment relationship in Canada and places it in an international context. It explores how, and to what extent, 'temporary work' is becoming a norm for a diverse group of workers in the labour market, taking gender as a central lens of analysis.

Recent scholarship emphasizes that the nature of work is changing, citing the spread of non-standard forms of employment and the rise in women's participation in the labour force. Vosko confirms that important changes are indeed taking place in the labour market, but argues that these changes are best understood in historical, economic and political contexts. This book will be invaluable to academics in a variety of disciplines as well as to policy analysts and practitioners.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.1in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Leah F. Vosko is a professor of Political Science and Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender & Work at York University.

By the Same Author(s)